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Rev [Jul. 8th, 2010|10:29 am]
Tony Grist
Rev is a charming, Curtisy sitcom about a London vicar, starring the cute Tom Hollander and the cute Olivia Coleman as the Rev and Mrs Adam Smallbone.  The half-mad, homeless people they have to deal with are a lot sweeter than any of the half-mad, homeless people who came knocking on my vicarage door- and they see a lot more of their Archdeacon than I ever did (poor things - because Archdeacons always spell trouble) but otherwise everything is spot on-  the lack of privacy, the anxieties about money and church attendance, the doleful hymn singing, the embarrassment that comes with being the community's licensed fool for God. In the old days- when religion was still hot and had to be handled with tongs- ecclesiastical sit-coms (I'm thinking All Gas and Gaiters) skirted round the central business of a priest's life, but now that no-one gives a stuff the comedy vicar is allowed to be a man of faith and talk about Jesus and scatter gospel texts around without giggles or irony. This isn't a pious show - last night's episode made mincemeat of a power-hungry charismatic-  but it does treat Christianity as something to be taken seriously- which is unusual, refreshing- and even- perhaps- a little subversive.  
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[User Picture]From: glitzfrau
2010-07-08 09:47 am (UTC)
I'm somewhat disturbed by how gleeful I was when the Rev banished the homophobic evangelical. And that I nearly fell off the sofa when the parishioner said, "Smoothies? This is wrong! Coffee must be served in church!"
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-08 11:33 am (UTC)
It's fun to watch a battle being fought on familiar turf- even if you no longer identify with the protagonists.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2010-07-08 09:53 am (UTC)
I haven't yet persuaded G to watch it, but from the snippets I've seen, it looks good. I'm glad you can confirm that because the digital hard drive gadget is busy recording the episodes for me, so I will watch them in due course.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-08 11:35 am (UTC)
I caught last night's episode by accident, but stayed with it and enjoyed it.
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From: tinceiri
2010-07-08 03:42 pm (UTC)
Your description brought Keeping Mum to mind, for some reason. Completely different movie.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-08 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, no murders in Rev.

At least, not yet....
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2010-07-08 04:20 pm (UTC)
This sounds like one that I would like to see. Here's hoping BBC sends it on fairly soon.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-08 06:37 pm (UTC)
I imagine they will.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2010-07-08 04:30 pm (UTC)
The half-mad, homeless people they have to deal with are a lot sweeter than any of the half-mad, homeless people who came knocking on my vicarage door- and they see a lot more of their Archdeacon than I ever did (poor things - because Archdeacons always spell trouble) but otherwise everything is spot on- the lack of privacy, the anxieties about money and church attendance, the doleful hymn singing, the embarrassment that comes with being the community's licensed fool for God.

That's awesome. I love seeing actual professions done well in art, as opposed everyone's inaccurately popular idea of what it's like to be a house painter or a fireman or a clinical psychologist.

Also, I like Tom Hollander; maybe I will check it out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-08 06:39 pm (UTC)
Tom Hollander is good. It's very much a "less is more" performance.
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